Quick Tzatziki Salad

I love me some veggies!  Honestly, I typically find myself craving goods from the garden even more than baked goods from the kitchen.  It’s just the way my tastebuds are wired.  I love the crunch, the color and the guilt-free snacking they offer my palate.  I often say that you can tell a lot about cook by how they prepare veggies.  There is an art to preparing them well.  My goal is to never overcook and to always surprise with big flavor.

I personally think that a lot of Mediterranean cuisine does it right!  The flavor is huge and the texture is perfect when it comes to many dishes.  I have a long list of favorites, but this little beauty is a favorite quickie for summer time meals.  I adore the flavors of Greek Tzatziki sauce, and I love the health impact of using raw garlic and probiotic rich yogurt in my cooking.  So, this is my rendition.  It’s a little less of a sauce, and a whole lot more of a salad!  There is no salting and draining the cucumbers here, so it whips up quick and delicious!  The best for a quick side to your BBQ meats or portobellos mushroom steaks.  Yum!

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Grab your ingredients for a tasty treat!!!

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I love Persian cucumbers because there are no seeds that need to be scraped out, the skin is delicate and the flavor is bright and green.  I simply cut these into bite-sized half moons.

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This recipe is sooooo good for you!  All this raw goodness is loaded with enzymes, nutrients and probiotics. It is a delicious way to heal your body, for sure!

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Sam and I are pretty excited about the amount of dill we have planted in our Zest garden.  I am pretty darn addicted to the stuff!  It’s the Scandinavian girl in me coming out LOL

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Remember that cucumbers like salt.  Between the cucumbers and yogurt, this salt will bring the salad to the next level.

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The reason that I do not do the first traditional step of salting and draining my cucumbers in this salad is simple.  I want all that flavor retained and the natural liquid in the cucumbers does a nice job of thinning the extra thick Greek yogurt.

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Start with the juice of half a lemon.  You want 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, so if after tasting you discover it needs more, go ahead and give the other half a squeeze.  I am a big advocate of tasting as you go.  It is a crucial step in the kitchen.  Some lemons are more sour than others, and some have way more juice than others.  And that little complication is just what a lemon can offer….there are so many flavor variables when you cook, so make sure to taste.  Besides, that is part of the fun!

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When all is said and done, this salad is luscious, thick and delicious with a massive crunch!  The flavor is legitimately big.  It will be a great one for some spontaneous BBQ nights.

Happy grillin’ and chillin’!

xoxo,

Chanda

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Quick Tzatziki Salad

I adore the flavors of Greek Tzatziki sauce, and I love the health impact of using raw garlic and probiotic rich yogurt in my cooking.  So, this is my rendition.  It's a little less of a sauce, and a whole lot more of a salad!  There is no salting and draining the cucumbers here, so it whips up quick and delicious!  The best for a quick side to your BBQ meats or portobellos mushroom steaks.  Yum!

Course: condiment, Gluten Free, Salad, Side Dish, Tzatziki, vegetables, vegetarian
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 5 Persian Cucumbers, cut lengthwise and then sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. I simply cut the cucumbers into bite-sized half moons. Then mince the garlic and fresh dill and throw it into a medium sized bowl. 

  2. Add your salt and Greek yogurt. Then add your pepper to taste. 

  3. Then juice half a lemon. You want 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, so if after tasting you discover it needs more, go ahead and give the other half a squeeze.

  4. Finally, mix all the ingredients well. I'm a big fan of taste as you go so feel free to add more lemon juice, pepper, or salt if you think it needs it! Cheers to a delicious side salad!!

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